Here are details of some of the events that could be of interest to pagans in the days running up to the Summer Solstice on 20 June. Most of the events listed are in London, because that is where I live, but some are in other parts of southern England - including details of open access at Stonehenge.
Now to 27 November, Sunken cities - Egypt’s lost worlds. Major exhibition at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tickets £16.50. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/
Now - 29 July 2016; Scholar, Courtier, Magician: the lost library of John Dee. London exhibition. Venue: Royal College of Physicians, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE. Entry free. Opening times vary but normally only Monday-Friday until 5pm, visit the website for details: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/events
Now - 12 September; Austin Osman Spare - A Retrospective. Venue: The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History, 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP. http://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/
Now to 30 September; Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern Witchcraft and Folk Culture in Britain - exhibition of artefacts, manuscripts and documents from the Doreen Valiente Foundation. Venue: Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6SD. Time: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 2-5pm. Free entry to exhibition with Preston Manor admission (adult £5.85, child (5-15) £3.15). Details: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/
Thursday 9 June; Shakespeare and the Stars.Talk and book signing with Priscilla Costello at Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit http://www.watkinsbooks.com/
Thursday 9 June; Enfield Town Circle Pagan Moot. Venue: Crown and Horseshoes pub, 15 Horseshoe Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 6PZ. Time: 7pm to 11pm. This moot takes place on the 2nd Thursday of every month. For more details join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnfieldTownCircle/
Thursday 9 June; Fortnightly Druid Order Open Introductory Evening. A chance to learn more about at The Druid Order (A.D.U.B.) at an evening with talks and a meditation. Venue: Treadwell's, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Price: £5 on the door. For more details, visit http://thedruidorder.org/druidorder/Meetings.html
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Friday 10 June; Lecture: Britain begins: the first 11,000 years. Venue: BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 6.30pm. Tickets £5/£3. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/
Friday 10 June; The Magick of H.P. Lovecraft's Fiction. A talk by Frater Walpurgis. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LY. Starts: 7pm. Tickets: £10 per person. Advannce booking essential. Tel: 020 7405 2120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 10 June; Crystal Mindfulness. Talk by Judy Hall Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm-8.30pm. Cost: £10/£12. Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/
Friday 10 June; Wendy Rule Friday Concert: Songs of Darkness. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start. Ticket price £13. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: email@example.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Saturday 11 June; Magical Astrology with Cat Cox - Fire and the Fire Houses. Day workshop at The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LY. Starts: 11am. Tickets: £55 per person. Advannce booking essential. Tel: 020 7405 2120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 11 June; The Peter Ackroyd Charity Thames Pub Crawl - a guided walk lead by Robert Kingham of Minimum Labyrinth from Westminster at noon and end in Rotherhithe by about 9-10pm. Tickets are £20 per person, in aid of Starlight Children's Foundation. Time: noon to late. For more details and to contact the organisers, visit: http://www.minimumlabyrinth.org/
Saturday 11 June; Wendy Rule Friday Concert: Songs of Light. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start. Ticket price £13. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: email@example.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Saturday 11 June - Sunday 12 June; The Shamanic Lands. Two-day conference on uniting and sharing the wisdom of British and world shamanism. Venue: Conway Hall, London WC1R 4RL. One-day tickets £75, two-day tickets £129. http://www.theshamaniclands.com/
Sunday 12 June; Shamanic Pathways Workshop. Venue: Hedgewitch House, Chingford Hatch. E46NW, Time: 10am-5pm. Tickets: £40. To book: 07778391925. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1099962530060765/
Sunday 12 June; Meditation at Russell Brands Trew Era Cafe, 30 Whitmore Road, London N1 5QA. Starts 10.15am. Free event. Details: http://www.meetup.com/londonspiritualcommunity
Sunday 12 June; The Wild Abundance workshop run by Sensing Energy and Intuition Development Meetup Group. Venue: Latvian House, 72 Queensborough Terrace, London, W2 3SH. Time 11am-1pm. Cost £20. Details and booking: http://www.meetup.com/Sensing-Energy-and-Intuition-Development/
Sunday 12 June; Candle Magic Afternoon Workshop run by myself, Lucya Starza. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 1pm to 3.15pm. Ticket price £20. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Sunday 12 June; Meditation and Hyde Park Summer Social with London Spirituality Meetup Group. Meet at Starbucks, Green Street, W1K 6WY at 12.30pm before walking to Hyde Park at 1pm. Bring a packed lunch and something to sit on. Free event but you must reserve a place in advance. http://www.meetup.com/londonspiritualcommunity/
Monday 13 June; Medicinal plant lecture: The reality and the bizarre. 2pm: Medicinal plant introduction, 3pm: tea and tour of gardens; 4pm: Hallucinogenic plants. Venue: Royal College of Physicians, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE. Tickets £10 per lecture. Visit the website for details: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/events
Monday 13 June; Purification, Meditation and Chanting with Shamans of London. Venue: Chisenhale Dance Space, 64-84 Chisenhale Road, London. Time 6pm. Tickets: £10. Details: http://www.meetup.com/Shamans-of-London/
Monday 13 June; Lecture: The English and their history. Venue: BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 6.30pm. Tickets £5/£3. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx
Monday 13 June; Wimbledon Wicca Moot (June 2016). Venue: The Wibbas Down Inn, 6-12 Gladstone Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1QT. Time: 7pm to 10.30pm. Details and to reserve a place: http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/
Monday 13 June; Trauma as Transformation: Turning Loss Into Love. Talk and book signing by Terri Daniel. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL. Doors open 6.30pm. Talk: 7pm - 8pm followed by book signing. Tickets £12/£8 online. For more details and to book tickets: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/
Monday 13 June; Treadwell's Open Circle. Wiccan-style ceremony for those with some experience led by Lisa Grace and Ellie Hughes. Venue: Treadwell's, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £10, advance booking required. For further details call 0207 419 8507 email email@example.com or visit http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Tuesday 14 June; Living the Horse - a one hour film. Part of the free lunchtime talks listed by Light in London. Venue: School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, London. Time: 1pm. Free. Details: http://www.meetup.com/Light-in-London/
Tuesday 14 June; Talk by King Arthur of the Warrior Arm of the modern Druid movement at Nova Stellar Wicca Meet-Up Group for genuine seekers to the Craft. Venue is a pub in central London - details given to members of the Meet-Up group. Door open 7pm, talk starts 8.30pm. Tickets £3. You must reserve a place in advance. The group normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month. http://www.meetup.com/South-London-Wicca-Meetup/
Tuesday 14 June; Evening with Kurikindi, Amazonian Shaman from Ecuador: The Path of a Shaman. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LY. Starts: 7pm. Tickets: £25 per person. Advannce booking essential. Tel: 020 7405 2120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday 14 June; Amplified Field Energy Work. Lecture by David Manning. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm-8.30pm. Cost: £10/£12. Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/
Tuesday 14 June; Between the Worlds (1 of 2) - basic shamanic workshop, no experience needed, run by Behind The Veil - Shamanism, Venue: Organic Down to Earth Cafe, 240-242 High Street Kensington, London W8 6ND. Starts at 7pm and entry is £20. Details: http://www.meetup.com/Behind-The-Veil-Shamanism/
Wednesday 15 June; More Mead Moot promoted by Pagan FutureFests. Venue: Hope Pub, 48 West Street, Carhsalton SM5 2PR. Time: from 7.30pm. Meets on the third Wednesday of each month. https://www.facebook.com/Pagan-FutureFests-352385661439366/
Thursday 16 June; You Can Have an Amazing Memory.Talk and book signing with Dominic O'Brien at Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit http://www.watkinsbooks.com/
Thursday 16 June; Guest speakers and talk from the Church of Rational Satanism at London Magicians Forum. Venue: Souk Media, 1a Short's Gardens, London, WC2H 9AT. Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start. For more details and to reserve a place visit: http://www.meetup.com/LondonMagicians/
Thursday 16 June; PF-London Summer Solstice Open Ritual run by Hern's Tribe and friends. Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn London. Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start. Ritual ends around 9pm followed by feasting until 10pm. Entrance: £6/£5 PF members. Please bring seasonal food and drinks to share at feast after ritual. For more details, visit http://london.paganfed.org/
Thursday 16 June; The Circle of Ankerwycke moot on the third Thursday in each month. Venue: Function room at the back of the Two Rivers Pub, 43 Church Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4EN. Time: 8pm.
Friday 17 June; Wake Up and Soar - Master Your Own Wellbeing. Talk by Chris Nelson. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm-8.30pm. Cost: £10/£12. Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/
Saturday, 18 June; Pagans with Disabilities online Midsummer Festival. Starts at 10am and you can take part wherever you are. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1749834171941032/
Sunday 18 June; Remembering Gerald Gardner - a day of talks at Preston Manor, Brighton, organised by the Centre for Pagan Studies. Venue: Preston Manor, Brighton, BN1 6SD. Time: 10.30am-5.30am. Online tickets £5.95: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/plan-your-visit/buy-tickets-online/ More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1005942649459572/
Sunday 18 June; Snoozy Storytime afternoon at Meltdown (Southbank Centre) with Vanessa Woolf of London Dreamtime and guests. Venue: The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre, London. Free event. 1pm-3pm. For more detials email email@example.com or visit http://londondreamtime.com/calendar/
Saturday, 18 June; London Occult Conference. Venue: Islington metalworks, 7 Torrens street, Angel. London, EC1V 1NQ. Starts at noon. Tickets: £27.57/£32.84. Details and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-occult-conference-tickets
Saturday, 18 June; Introduction to Kabbalah – Open Lecture. Venue: Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0BE. Time: 1pm-2pm. Free event but you must register in advance. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-kabbalah-open-lecture-in-london-registration-25762230525
Saturday, 18 June; Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Abiri Summer Solstice Rite. Druidic ceremony to celebrate the Summer Solstice at Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire. Meet at the Red Lion pub from Noon for ceremony around 1.30pm. The ritual should end at 3pm, then back to the pub. Offerings of bread, mead and song or poetry welcome. Overnight camping is allowed in the overflow car park.
Saturday, 18 June; Mid Summer's Eve picnic and meditation with the London Wicca Meet-up Group. Time: 3pm-6.30pm. Meet at the top of Primrose Hill, North London, at 3pm to walk to the meditation site. Bring a picnic. For details and to book a place visit: http://www.meetup.com/The-London-Wicca-Meetup-Group/
Sunday 19 June; Meditation at Russell Brands Trew Era Cafe, 30 Whitmore Road, London N1 5QA. Starts 10.15am. Free event. Details: http://www.meetup.com/londonspiritualcommunity
Sunday 19 June; Fortune Telling, an historical overview and practical exercises. Venue: The Yoga Shed, 62b College Rd, Bromley, BR1 3PE. Starts at noon. Cost £25. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/619187674898048/
Sunday 19 June; Anderida Gorsedd Summer Solstice open ritual at the Long Man of Wilmington, Sussex. Meet near the car park between 1.30pm and 2pm for a walk up to the chalk hill figure at 2pm. Afterwards back to the Giants Rest pub in Wilmington for a social drink together.
Sunday 19 June; Dawn of the Oak. Pagan moot on the third Sunday of each month. Venue: Upstairs at The Castle, 34-35 Cowcross Road, Farringdon, London EC1M 6DB (near Farringdon tube). Time: 3pm-6pm.
Monday 20 June; Summer Solstice Shine Bright Candle Lighting - event that anyone can do in their own homes, organised by The Wicked Witch of West Somerset. Light a candle at any time during the day to honour the Summer Solstice. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/954157934700896/
Monday 20 June; Wheel of the Year Festival - Summer Solstice Meditation at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Gather at the Well Head at noon for celebration and meditation until 12.30pm, followed by a chance to chat on the lower lawn. Free admission to the gardens from 10am to noon. http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/
Monday 20 June; Summer Solstice Celebration hosted by the Alternatives team and guests. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL. Doors open 6.30pm. Talks: 7pm - 9pm. Tickets £15/£10 online. For more details and to book tickets: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/
Monday 20 June; Researching Pagans and Paganism. Joint Round-table Talk – Dr Doug Ezzy and Jonathan Woolley. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm start. Ticket price £8. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Note: I do not organise any of these events except my candle magic workshop on June 12, so please check with the organisers about tickets and timings before turning up to anything listed on my blog. I try to keep my listings accurate, but do not always know of late changes, cancellations or ticket availability. If you know of an event you want listed, or notice a correction that needs to be made, email me at email@example.com